STEVENSON AT MERIDIAN
Time: 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13
Site: Civic Stadium
Bulldogs update: Stevenson doesn’t have the rich football history that Meridian does, but the Bulldogs are hoping to add a special chapter this season. The Bulldogs won a share of the Trico League title and their only loss has come against Toledo. They played their first home playoff game in school history last week and defeated Rainier 39-22. Zach Castro leads the way for a group that’s senior heavy. He was an all-league quarterback last season so he has some talent.
Trojans update: Another week, another blow out win for the Trojans. Meridian didn’t have much trouble with Vashon Island during a 55-0 win in the tri-district playoffs. Ryan Clark and John Murphy had a huge game and combined to score all of the Trojans eight touchdowns. Clark’s performance was particularly needed since Mitchell Tripp was hobbled with an injury. Now they’ll get an upstart team that would like nothing more than to knock off the No. 2 team in the state.
Key to the game: As long as quarterback Zach Slesk is healthy, Meridian will have a chance. It’s doubtful Stevenson will be able to really prepare for his improvisational skills. Whether they can get constant pressure on him will be the key. If the Trojans’ offense gets in a rhythm it could be another lopsided game.
Player to watch: Look for Ryan Clark to have another big day on both sides of the ball for Meridian.